Bent of the River is an historic and beautiful 700 acre sanctuary located in western CT just of I-84. Managed by Audubon since 1993, the Bent of the River’s mission is to: Conserve birds, other wildlife and their habitats by engaging the community and inspiring lifelong appreciation of nature.
The Bent of the River was a gift of Howard and Althea Clark to be kept in its historic state while allowing use for educational, scientific and conservation purposes. At the Bent you can enjoy a quiet walk along the Pomperaug River or through our meadows and enjoy a landscape that is fast disappearing in Connecticut.
Our maintained shrub and grasslands support species that are in decline in New England such as the Prairie and Blue-winged warbler, Indigo bunting and Field sparrow. Our woodlands and interior forest support Wood thrush and Ovenbirds among many others.
In addition to a visit, if you live nearby we would love to have your help as a volunteer whether it be as a member of our Invasive Plant Strike Force or an assistant to our educational programs. We have something for everyone to do!